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Monday 9 October 2017

Morocco, Denmark to Strengthen Cooperation in the Fight against Torture

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Morocco, Denmark to Strengthen Cooperation in the Fight against Torture

A memorandum on cooperation in the field of the fight against torture was signed, on Friday in Rabat, between the ministry of Justice and the Danish institute against torture DIGNITY within the framework of the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP).

The agreement, inked by minister of Justice Mohamed Aujjar and DIGNITY Director General, Karin Verland, marks the start of the official cooperation between the two sides in the fields of justice administration, rehabilitation and prevention of torture.

It also aims to exchange knowledge and best practices through the drawing-up of a set of guidelines on the role of criminal justice in the fight against torture.

Speaking on this occasion, Aujjar said that Morocco had made of the fight against torture an irreversible choice, as stipulated by the constitution in article 22, which underlines that the physical or moral integrity of anyone may not be infringed, in whatever circumstance that may be, and by any party that may be, public or private and that the practice of torture, under any of its forms and by anyone, is a crime punishable by the law.

The minister recalled in this regard the ratification by the Kingdom of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol.

He also noted that the signing of this memorandum coincides with a significant moment in the history of Moroccan justice, namely the transfer of the prosecution presidency to the public prosecutor at the court of cassation (supreme court of appeal).

For her part, Verland said that there have been many positive commitments from ministries of justice in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, adding that DIGNITY will continue its cooperation with Morocco through the conclusion of this agreement with a view to establishing a fruitful cooperation in the fight against torture.

Morocco and Denmark are part of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), which was launched in 2014. The aim of this global initiative is to have universal ratification of the Convention by 2024.

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